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2008 Grizzly 450
Champion 3,000lb winch

So I got a winch today, got it home and unboxed it. Ran all wires to the correct posts/terminals. Got it all wired up and worked fine, hooked the plow up and raised the plow fine, but when lowering a lot of smoke came from gear selector side, quickly started the wheeler up and backed it out the garage.

Checked all wire connections again, and then tried winch. Raised plow just fine, but again when lowering more smoke and the wheeler died. Now it will turn over but will not run. And noticed a wire melted(not sure where it came from or to). Looked to be a brighter color coating.

Any ideas before beginning a wild goose chase?
 

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Re-do the winch wiring as something is more than likely connected wrong. Something is either grounding but sounds more like you tried to draw way too much current through that wire that melted.
 

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I've seen Champion winches comes with different style switches. The ones I bought came with a giant high current button box. It was horrible. So I installed a selenoid with switch instead.
 

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The wire that melted was to the wheeler itself, nothing for the winch. I’m not sure it something got grounded out to which causes a flow of electricity back to the wire that the wheeler is hooked up to or what.
 

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Did the winch wiring come with a solenoid or relay? I would not want to run a winch without one.
 

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The wire that melted was to the wheeler itself, nothing for the winch. I’m not sure it something got grounded out to which causes a flow of electricity back to the wire that the wheeler is hooked up to or what.
Did you actually tap into any of the ATV wiring when installing the winch? If not, you may have just pinched something or done some other inadvertent damage to existing wiring when you installed the winch.
 
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